Welcome to the Autumn 2014 edition of Blueprint. With winter on its way, we’ve got lots of stories to warm your hearts in this edition, and we’ve got some big news to tell you, too.

We’re thrilled to announce that land has been brought, and planning permission granted, for our new rehoming centre in Suffolk! When it opens in Summer 2015, we’ll be able to help double the number of pets we now care for in the region. to the highest animal welfare standards and located in an easy-to-reach area, the new site means many more potential owners can visit us to re-home a pet. In the magazine we have an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at our new centre.

As ever, Blue Cross pets have been impressing us with their incredible stories and proving they can do what some thought was impossible. This month we revisit Riley, a labrador retriever who was given up for being too energetic. We knew there was a suitable home out there for Riley and his boundless energy, and he’s now putting his skills to excellent use as a qualified assistance dog!

If you’re searching for gift inspiration, look no further than our charity shops. By Christmas, we aim to have opened our 50th, and all profits go straight to helping needy pets. If you’re planning a sort-out, why not send us items you no longer want?